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Neuroscientist talks new viral-treatment for diseases, Student Senate representative kicks off inauguration of new university program explains final exam rights BY KIMBERLY DELANDE
BY HILLARY BRADY
Contributing News Reporter
Aebischer, Patrick renowned neuroscientist, spoke about the use of viral vectors to treat neurodegenerative diseases at University Club, to kick off the inaugura, tion of the University of Rhode Island' s new neuroscience program. After two years of gathering faculty members to teach the course, writing proposal, and mapping out the course requirements for the program, URI's neuroscience program is ready to accept applicants. The program focuses on the study of the brain and the nervous system and will implement the involvement of different colleges in order to gain perspective on their research. The program is interdisciplinary and spans across a multitude of colleges, including pharmacy, human science and services, computer science, chemistry and psychology. "We cannot hope to accomplish great things without working together," said Nasser Zawia, dean of the
President of Ecole Polytechnique Patrick Aebischer spoke yesterday at the University Club about neurodegenerative diseases.
graduate sd1ool and director of the interdisciplinary neuroscience program said. "By making the.neuroscience program interdisciplinary, it assures that its students are not barred into one strict area of study." Considering that mental
health affects one out of three people, which places neuroscience as an extremely important science in today' s world. According to Zawia, URI cai:mot afford to stand back and not become a key Continued on page 3
As the end of the semester approaches at the University of Rhode Island, students and faculty alike are gearin~ up for final exams, which begin Wednesday, Dec. 14 and last until make-up exams on Friday, Dec. 23. However, it is important for students and faculty to note the policies and procedures in placerights and responsibilities for both students and the university. "During this time of the year, students are overwhelmed with work The Student Senate always tries to make itself a valuable resource throughout the year, but during busy times like final exams, we really try to push for visibility and clarity when it comes to students' rights," Student Senate Academic Affairs Chair Chris Caisse said. The rules regardii-tg fil1al examinations are voted on by the constitutional bylaws and university manual sub-committee of the Faculty Senate, made up of faculty, administrators and student representatives. The committee reviews the university manual, which includes the rules on final exams, once a year and
take suggestions from faculty and students about revisions, Caisse said. Whatever changes the subcommittee decides upon are then brought to the Faculty Senate for finalization. The rules are part of the university manual, which is no longer found in print but is available on the Faculty Senate website; Caisse said. Students' rights during final exams are also listed on the Student Senate homepage for student to access. One of the fir~t ' ' rules addressed regards reading days, which are held after classes have ended to allow students a chance to study and get started on exam preparation. On a reading day, held this year on Tuesday, Dec.13, the university manual states that classes, exams and labs cannot be scheduled. Howeve~ review sessions or similar preparation and academic advising can be held, but on an optional basis for students. If a professor does not want to give a final exam, he or she can't give a test during the last five days of classes. Rather, that exam has to be given during the scheduled exam period for the Continued on page 3
Student presenters discuss future of robots, technology HENSLEY CARRASCO
Students at the University of Rhode Island presented their visions for the future in the 12th Honors Colloquium of the semester. Students formed more than five groups and presented to ·a crowd in Edwards Audituorium. Students used a variety of methods to help guide their presentations. One of the student groups showed a scene from "Bicentennial Man" to lead into a video on the partnership or possible replacement of humans by robots. · "I don't think replacement is the word," Christopher Roman said in . the video. "I think augment is probably the better word." · . One participant in the video, Michelle Walsh, said she asked two of her patients
if they would like to speak to a robot instead of a human and they at:tswered "hell no." Walsh said some of the issues that would be faced if a robot .were to take over for a human is trust, intuition and expertise. Another participant in the video said removing nurses and health-care providers from hospitals and clinics will take away the human-tohuman interaction that -is already in place. She, along. with one other woman, said she wouldn't believe robots would replace doctors and nurses at hospitals until it actually happens. Another group who presented, took on politics and what they thought it was going to look like in the year 2032. They conducted a presidential debate with one of the topics being on "the creation
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of an organization that will help to regulate global technology use." Their take on the presidency in 2032 was simi~51-_T'to the current pre~idehtial debates. Both candidates stood at separate podiums and answered questions by a moderator.The debate was moderated by an automated voice system, which provided the questions for the two candidates. Both candidates would answer the question and the moderator would respond to them. Aaron Del Giudice and Alfred Schupp presented the idea of qurent 3D printing and future 3D printing. They discussed the likelihood of having three-dimensional · objects printed by machines ·w orldwide and what they would have accomplished when. Schupp talked about
3D printing using pharmaceuticals. He said instead of having patients take one pill for ~ach medication, 3D printing would allow them to "take a bunch of medications and print them all into one pill." The benefit from this would be that patients would have a decreased amount of pills taken and an increased dosage accuracy. Giudice touched on bioprinted food. He explained a similar form of food printing called "in vitro meat" which is food being grown in a lab. "As bioprinting becomes cheaper, we'll be able to more efficiently produce meat in labs than growing it in a farm," Giudice said. Giudice added that with 3D printing, pollution will be dramatically reduced, creating more efficient production. They said when the use of
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3D printing picks up, buildings are going to be on the list of printable products. The slide presented by Giudice and Schupp showed a building being constructed from the ground up. Currently, only single organisms can be printed, but, they said, in 20 years, the ability to produce an entir_e humanbody will be possible. Giudice and Schupp said with the introduction of 3D printing into the United States, the relationship between the U.S. and China will dramatically change. They said in the coming years, 3D printers will be available to consumers to purchase for personal use. With these printers, they would be able to print household items. "In the future 3D printing is going to make the impossible, possible," Giudice said.
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Children of Men delivers a dark, scary look at the apocalypse BY MATT GOUDREAU Contributing Entertainment Writer
The year 2012.is one of the great mysteries of modern time and has never failed to polarize the public. Almost every civilization has developed a theory regarding the end of the world. From the Romans to the Mayans, many of these civilizations have long been extinct but still cause . both fear and skepticism today. With that said, thei:t: theories have inspired Hollywood to exploit Armageddon to the fullest. Easily the most cliched film genre, directors and screenwriters have crafted numerous stories about how mankind will meet its end. The majority of these films I firid either implausible, therefore lacking any resonance or fear or have strong premises. but fail to meet ctations lou
dialogue and explanation. It which was incredibly frightamazes me that people like ening and plausible at the . such disasters (no pun intend- same time. ed) as "Armageddon'~ or the . Directed by incredible ultimate alien apocalypse visionist Alfonso Cuaron, the stereotype "Independence story takes place in London Day." While these films seem during the year 2027. entirely ·plausible, they are Immediately I was hooked held down by constant cliches because that date is not too and 'poor character develop- far off. Mankind's youngest ment. · ' person has just died at the age· ·It was incredibly difficult of 18, meaning that the for me to find a film that pre- human race has lost the abilisented both a plausible and ty to reproduce and is on the well-executed scenario verge of extinction. This preregarding the end of the carious situation leaves socieworld. While I could easily ty on the brink of collapse, have said such classics as h~aving L~ndon as the only "The Road· Warrior," "The functioning institutional sociTerminator" or "28 Days ety on the planet. It has a Later," I actually decided on a become ref.uge for illegal film that was released only .immigrants from all over the five years ago. "Children of world, much to the disdain of Men" was an incredible the government. example of how to do an In the midst of all of this, effectively scary film about Clive Owen portrays a former the apocalypse. It wasn't activist whose child died durscary . as a horror film, but ing a flu epidemic. He meets a because it young African woman, who he is shocked to learn is pregnant. With the fate of mankind in her womb, he agrees to help transport her along with a group of people to a sanctuary at sea. There, scientists could potentially solve the problem of infertility' and save the world. They
are later met with opposition seen in the last 10 years. They from the government as well do not seem crammed into the as anarchists who want to use film simply to add actio~Lbut the child for the potential rev- create scenes of suspense~d olution. fear that mankind may' be Unlike most films about doomed. the end of the world, It is a shame "Children of "Children of Men" is incredi- Men" was not as financially bly plausible and reflects the successful as other disaster · condition of overpopulation films such as "2012," "I Am currently in the world. The Legend" and Armageddon" dystopian future Cuaron because 'it is one of the finest establishes is ·one of fear and films not only of · the genre, oppression, but it is presented but of all time. Cuaron sets as fear of extinction ,and anar- himself apart from directors chy. The cast delivers a well- like Michael Bay and M. rounded group of perform- Night S~y~malan by:'ii~ing ances with such actors as action, visual effects, and · Michael Caine and Danny twists . to suit the story. The Huston playing intricate roles film really hits home because in the story. of the sense of realism it ereWhat truly distinguishes ates. I would think much this film from other disaster more highly of the genr~.if all films is the script and charac- films matched the fear and terization. Unlike the charac- . paranoia regarding the apocaters in "Independence Day" lypse, as "Children of Men" is or "Armageddon," I actually able to deliver. And with that, we'll see cared . about the characters what does end up happening because they were given distinct personalities and were in 2012, whether it's really not presented as simple going to be the end of the stereotypes. The dialogue is world or if it'll be a repeat of fresh and helps add to the Y2K .... film's themes of hope, fear and oppression. It also has some of the most breathtaking special effects and action sequences of any film I have
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dialogue this year during final exams by · talking to their professors and friends," Caisse said. "I al~o From page l encourage students to form procourse. ductive and respectful relationStudents cim access the final ships with their professors, as exam schedule on the URI webthis proves to be the key to effecsite-the exam listings are based tive communication." on the course scheduling during However, there are venues the semester. All final exams, for students to seek help if they except for take-home exams, can't solve their final exam probhave to be given during the lems on their own. scheduled period, which cannot Students can contact Caisse, exceed three hours long. who can help with mediation If students have two exams between students and faculty. scheduled for the same time, it is Students can also file an academtheir responsibility to report the ic compliant at the Stude~t conflict to the scheduling officer. Senate office or through therr If the issue can't be resolved, the website, Caisse said. student should take the exams in Overall, the best tip for stuthe order the classes meet in their dents to' exercise their rights is to regular schedule. Students also stay actively informed, Caisse don't need to take more than two said. . exams per day-if a third exam is "Always try to be aware of scheduled for that day, a student university policies and don't be has the right to reschedule it. _ afraid to ask questions," he said. "If students have conflicts "There are always resources with exams, I encourage them to available to students, but they try to first work it out with their don't always know where to go. professor," Caisse said. "If the The university manual is conflict cannot be resolved, they available onlin~ at can then go to the department www.uri.edu/facsen, and stuchair to discuss the issue." dents' final exam rights are availTalking through final exam able . at issues with professors can be a www.~.edu/ studorg I senate. productive first step for students. "I hope students create some
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player in neuroscience. While URI did have a strong background in neuroscience before the program was implementeQ., the existence of the program will only strengthen its position in the field. "We've already made a mark in this field," President of URI Dooley said. "This prpgram will only help URI gain stature, and will help us solve the grand problems we all face as globally, as one humanity." · Although the program is new, a student, Kyle Scully, in the program attended the inauguration to give his regards to the faculty involved in the creation of the program. Scully, a Ph.D student in neuroscience, is one of the first students to enroll, and, said he is honored to be part'of the program. "We have a mountain of opportunities standing before us," Scully said. "Those involved in the creation of this program were m~t wit~ a daunting task- but they didn't shy away. I'm honored to be able to work with such a diverse and knowledgeable faculty." . Aebischer' s pn~sentah~n _ From page 4 served. as the focal point of momentum for a team that is the inauguration. Aebischer, stuck in the garage waiting for . who is internationally recogthe ignition system to come in nized for his research on gene the mail. therapy for neurodegenerative diseases, focused his presented research focused on the idea of using viral vectors, or ~iruses, as a tool in diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzh eimer 's . The viruses would act as a tool to carry medicines to the brain, in stead of injecting them directly. Viruses, h e said, II
would be a less invasive way to cure patients in the future, as op.posed to surgery a_nd other extreme methods. However, Aebischer stated that the best way to elimi~ate diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's is fo.r neuroscientists to work on preventing them from existing in the first place. In five to 10 years in the future, he said, scientists will be able to read the genomes of peo- _ ple, and will be able to tell whether or not such diseases will occur in their lifetime. While this process can be done today, it is very expensive to do so. However, this process willl:>e afford~b~e and available to the pubhc m the future. "I don't believe in person~ alized medicine," Aebischer said. "I believe in personalized prevention." Aebischer concluded the presentation by reminding the audience that neuroscience is a collaborative effort that should be made amongst all people across the disciplines. He echoed Zawia' s thoughts, and spoke of how true progress could only be made once scientists of all shapes and sizes began working together. "We ·need to bring all of our academic efforts across the board together," ·Aebischer said. "We cannot do this alone." URI's neuroscience pro" gram is currently accepting applications. Classes for the program are scheduled to begin in spring semester.
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SPORTS Women's hockey takes two gam_es from Penn State, loses one -to RMU over weekend BY JONATHAN SHIDELER
Contributing Sports Reporter
The University of Rhode Island women's ice hockey team earned a pair of victories in three games played over the weekend. They first against the faced off Pennsylvania State University on Friday and Saturday and won both games. The team then followed up with a loss on Sunday . to Robert Morris University Illinois. The weekend started off with a defensive battle on Friday. After a scoreless _first period, the Rams were on a power play when sophomore forw.a rd Lauren Lanoie scored off a pass from senior forward Meghan. Birnie at the 15:48mark. Just a few minutes later the 12:09-mark, sophomore forward Alisha DiFillpo scored an insurance goal, assisted by freshman forward which Kristie Kennedy, turned out to be the gamewinning goal in a 2-1 game. The team got back on the ice again on Saturday and won its second game ag·ainst Penn State, scoring one goal in each period. The Rams opened up the first period with senior forward Johanna Leskinen' s eighth goal of the
season off an assist from Kennedy. Kennedy then scored a power play goal at the 8:38mark in the second period off a pass from DiFillpo. The team gave up a goal at the end of the period to put the score at 2-1 going into the third. In the third period, Birnie scored in the final minute on an empty net courtesy of a pass from freshman forward Cassandra Catlow to put the final score at 3-1. On Sunday the team played Robert Morris and came out rather complacent and flat. They gave up one goal in the first period and two in the second to put themselves in a 3-0 hole going into the final period. In the third period, senior forward Kayla Robidoux scored on the power play, however that would be all the Rams would be able to score in the period .. They gave up another goal to drop the game 4-1. "I feel like the team played well early on in the weekend but then [Sunday] things didn't quite go our way, we skated well with them and played at their level if not above at some points," head coach Beth McCann
Women's basketball team drops ·pair of weekend games BY JOE HOLLENBECK
Sports Staff Reporter
The University of Rhode Island women's basketball team participated in the Brown Bear Gassic this past weekend and lost both its match ups. The Rams were defeated by Brown University 66-54 and then by Fairfield University 66-56. With ~e two losses, the Rams are now 1-8 on the season. "Obviously this is not where we wanted to be at the start of the season," head coach Cathy Inglese said. "We are just going to have to look past this poor start and try and win some games down the stretcll. I know we have a team that is good enough to be winning games." Rhode Island's loss to Brown was due to poor ball control. The Rams turned the ball over 25 times and Brown scored 38 points off of the turnovers. Along with the turnovers, the Rams did not connect on any three-point attempt during the game. The team _went 0-5 and went didn't have a basket from beyond the arc for the first time all season. Sophomore Emilie Goutier continued her strong season for the Rams. She led the team with 17points.
The next day the Rams faced Fairfield in the second round of the Gassic. After a poor shooting performance in the first half, the Rams outscored Fairfield 33-31 to end the game. The gap was too much for the Rams to overcome as Fairfield won the game by 10 points. "I was impressed by the way our girls came qut and played m the second half," Inglese· said. "Obviously, we need to shoot better in the first half so we can actually finish games strong and start winning." The Rams were led by Goutier in scoring for the fourth straight game. The sophomore had a game-high 16 points. Both teams finished even when it came to the statistics at the end of the game. The Rams had 30 rebounds while Fairfield recorded 31. Both teams shot around 45 percent from the field, but Fairfield had the slight advantage. Next up for the Rams is a trip_ to Central Connecticut State University today to face the Blue Devils. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Detrick Gym.
Senior johanna leskinen fights for the p1..1ck in Sat1..1rday afternoon's game against Pennsylvania State University.
said. The team was back at full strength over the weekend. Coming back from injuries were junior defensemen Lauren Hillberg, as well as sophomore goalie Kayla DiLorenzo. "Having Hillberg back on · the defense was huge for us, it makes things easier for all of us. And it's always good to have [DiLorenzo] back in goal," McCann said. DiLorenzo showed no signs of rust in the three · games she played over the
weekend, stopping 46 out of 52 combined shots for a .90 .save percentage. Up next for the Rams is a very important series against rival University of Massachusetts . Games will be played Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena.
Under the Fedora: the Runnin' Rams perplex to start the season BY MIKE ABELSON
Sports Staff Reporter
This year's University d.;of· Rhode Island men's basketbcill team is like a $60,000 Cadillac CTS. It is filled with some of the best bells and whistles, the finest leather interior, a top quality engine, and a cool paint scheme. The only thing it is missing is the ignition system. That's what makes this year's Rams so perplexing to watch. There is talent everywhere on the floor, but the team has yet to put together a quality game. The freshman class was lauded as one of Jim Baron's best recruiting classes since he began his career in Kingston in 2001. With three upperclassmen coming back after logging significant minutes last season and several players fully healthy after a year plagued with injuries, the 20112012 edition of the Rams looked to be a young, exCiting team that would realize its full potential in one or two years. Eight games in and the upside has turned into a downward slide that has seen the Rams lose to two teams from America East Conference, Brown
University-for the first time in a decade and receive a pasting at horne at the hands of Geveland State University. Rhody's lone win against Hofstra · University was sandwiched in the middle. The most difficult thing about covering the team this season has been seeing stretches of eight to 12 minutes where they look like a team that could comin the Atlantic-10 pete Conference only to see the team disappear for stretches at a time. The first half against Brown was a case of the Rams · at their best and worst. They drove the lane and scored in the early going and led at halftime; yet, the team disappeared in the beginning of the second half and allowed Brown to pull away and win even though Rhode Island was the more talented team on the floor. Coming into the year, I knew there would be growing pains. With workhorses Delroy James, Will Martell and Marquis Jones graduating, I knew that the upperclassmen would have to play leadership roles and some of the freshman would have to contribute immediately. With all those variables in play, I didn't think that the Rams
going into Virginia Tech game with a single win. I figured the teain would have three or four wins at this point. That being said, this year's Rams have played up or down to their level of competition all year. As ugly as the performance against the University of Maine was, let's not forget that the Rams were a shot away from beating George Mason University on the road and put up 90 points'against the University of Texas at the Erwin Center. Tomorrow night's game is the biggest non-conference the Rams have hosted since I began covering this team in January of 2010, not counting games against Providence College, and it is the biggest. game Rhode Island has played at home since the 70-69 PinkOut loss in 2010 against Richmond University. It may be early in the season, but a win tomorrow night is the type of victory that could turn Rhody's season around. Transfers Bill Baron (University of VIrginia) and Andre Malone (Auburn University) will be eligible to play beginning on Dec. 23 and a win tomorrow will help build some much-needed Continued on page 3